Understanding exactly what HIPAA Compliance is and how it impacts your Chiropractic practice is important. Today we are going to talk about what HIPAA is and how it will affect chiropractors in 2016.
It is important for Chiropractors to realize that things have changed over the last few years. HIPAA has emerged to help chiropractors deal with modern technology and new ways of communicating.
As you know HIPAA involves the new “high tech” rules. Basically there are two things that you need to be concerned with. HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security. There has to be two polices in your office that address both of these. Every person on your staff also has to be trained and comply with the policies. It is important that Chiropractors go over the HIPAA rules when training their staff. Do not just hand out copies of the policies, but make sure that everyone is compliant. This is extremely important. You should also assess your HIPAA compliance regularly and review the related documents.
If you currently do not have HIPAA Privacy or HIPAA Security in place then you are considered “non compliant”. For insurance reasons you will want to amend this immediately.
What is the most important thing to consider when dealing with HIPAA?
The most important thing for Chiropractors to consider when considering their HIPAA Security is whether or not they are billing electronically. If you do not bill electronically HIPAA compliancy is less of a concern. A helpful resource of information to visit and learn more about this is ICCOM.org.
It is important for chiropractors to get on board with HIPAA and be proactive in the process. If you are still uncertain about whether or not HIPAA affects your Chiropractic practice, do not hesitate to contact us at ChiroSecure.
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